Don’t know where to begin? The following 3 steps are a great place to start:
Step 1: Setting Intentions
Setting your intentions at the beginning of the year is like making a map. Without them, how will you know where you’re going? Or, more importantly, how will you know when you get there? It’s hard to find the “X” that marks the spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Okay, pirate lingo aside, it’s important to lock down your annual goals at the beginning of the year. These intentions will help you stay on track whenever you’re feeling lost.
TIP: Write them down in a planner, Word document, or even in the notes app on your phone. Ensure your intentions are documented so you can always refer to them.
Step 2: Creating SMART Goals
Do you have your intentions in mind? Great! Now, let’s dig a little deeper.
Specific and measurable goals help you narrow your intentions and track your progress (that way, you know whether you’ve reached your milestones.) Next, be sure to set goals that are achievable and realistic. Nothing is more discouraging than setting a goal you secretly know you won’t achieve. And lastly, make sure you can reach these objectives within the year.
Now your 2023 is REALLY starting to take shape!
Step 3: Creating SMART Goals
While we believe in the power of setting future goals, that may not be for everybody. Instead, consider a word for the year.